About Us

This document was prepared prior to name change. SFMES is now FMES

Strategy for the Future of The SFMES

This synopsis briefly describes the headline results of the strategic review of SFMES conducted by the board and informed by comments from affiliated members as a result of structured and unstructured feedback.

First of all though it was appropriate to understand what the SFMES recognises as ‘Model Engineering’, and the result of this discussion is the following definition:

Model Engineering is the art and science of creating miniature machinery using some or all relevant professional and artisan skills including design and design for making, parts manufacture, fitting and testing and maintained use.

The Vision is to become the National Federation to represent and grow the hobby of Model Engineering.

The Mission is to become the ‘go to’ place to champion and as a result grow the hobby of Model Engineering by supporting and informing associations of Model Engineers.

This is to be achieved by delivering the following main objectives:


Engaging with all branches of Model Engineering


Promoting the hobby by having a function responsible for news, newsletters, web site content, social media messaging and events management.


Running or supporting appropriate events across the spectrum of Model Engineering with the aim of encouraging and motivating clubs, their members, new participants of all ages and interested visitors.


Maintaining a suite of selected services relevant to member clubs, developed by a portfolio of relevant expertise.


Providing guidance, learning, and best practice development via promotion, events, workshops, seminars and response to enquiries.


Proactively engage with latest news, legislation and trends affecting the hobby, with subsequent dissemination and co-ordinated action.


Maintaining regional representatives for regular club contact and activity coordination.


Having a professional and sustainable intuitive web site and database. This to provide the platform for excellent communications including links with social media platforms, and for efficient process management and record keeping.


Having a volunteer board of functional and non-executive directors, elected by the members, supported by a contingent of competent volunteer managers reporting to a relevant functional director.

Managed by:

Volunteer managers covering: promotion/communications, ICT/website, H&S (including boilers), finance/accounting, membership, insurance coordination, junior and new engineers, workshop/seminar/conference events/topics, commercial/advertising, library, regional representation, secretarial and others.

These reporting to (or participating in) a formal Board of Directors